With just a week to go until the big day, Christmas festivities are well and truly underway. And what better way to join in on the celebrations than with some Christmas themed cocktails at one of the many cocktail bars we have here in Birmingham?
On the 18th and 19th Island Bar are hosting "What Would Beyonce Do?", a night of stand-up comedy from Luisa Omielan, with tickets at only £10 on the door or £8 in advance. Personally I can't think of a better combination than cocktails and comedy, and I think it's guaranteed to be a fantastic sell-out night! More details and ticket info on the Island Bar website.
If you can't make this, definitely visit Island Bar over the festive period for some delicious cocktails. I can recommend their Pina Colada and Aloha cocktails which are available from their upstairs Tiki Bar on Friday and Saturday nights, making it the perfect way to start the weekend.
Over in the Colmore Business District we have the popular gin parlour The Jekyll and Hyde. Stay downstairs in Mr Hyde's Main Bar for cocktails in sweet jars (their Love Heart cocktail is to die for!), sharing cocktails in mini bathtubs, and a selection of cocktails at only £4 between 4-7pm and all day Saturday. Or head upstairs to Dr Jekyll's Gin Parlour for gin cocktails and the exciting Eat Me Drink Me Gin and Food Fusion menu. I'll be heading here before Christmas to try out their festive menu which includes Hot Buttered Rum and Gingle Bells cocktail, both flavoured with apple juice, maple syrup, butter and festive spices, and a Figgy Pudding cocktail of pear vodka, pomegranate liqueur, cranberry juice, plum bitters and fig syrup. These seasonal flavours are guaranteed to take you back to your favourite Christmas memories!
Visit Bodega on Bennett's Hill and try out one of their seasonal offerings like the Fruta Festiva special for only £5 - a delicious blend of popular Christmas flavours with cinnamon, cherry, almond, orange, Olmeca Blanco tequila, apple juice and cranberry juice. And if none of the cocktails take your fancy, they're also serving up Peruvian Mulled Wine; get it here instead of the Christmas Market if you can stay out of the cold, plus you won't have to pay a deposit for your glass either!! For more info, check out their Festive menu.
Ditch your normal Christmas Eve pub trip and head over to the Jewellery Quarter to The Church Inn who are hosting "Quizmas Eve" - a festive filled night of cocktails and a pub quiz starting at 8:30pm, and at only £1 to enter it's the perfect way to spend Christmas Eve. Have the night off from cooking too and get there early to sample their Southern American themed food menu.
With so many venues to choose from, a Christmas cocktail bar crawl is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season with friends, family and work colleagues this year!
By Taylah Catlow - who can be contacted via Twitter @taylahc25 and on her blog
Photos: Brum Faves except 'Love Heart', Taylah Catlow.